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Hortonworks Brings Apache Hadoop to Windows

Hortonworks, a leading contributor to Apache Hadoop, today announced a significant new milestone in its mission to expand the reach of Apache Hadoop across the enterprise with the new Hortonworks Data Platform for Windows. The 100-percent open source Hortonworks Data Platform is the industry’s first and only Apache Hadoop distribution for both Windows and Linux, enabling organizations to run Hadoop-based solutions natively on Windows. The beta release is available now for download from Hortonworks.

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The industry’s only true 100-percent open source data platform powered by Apache Hadoop, the enterprise-grade Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) for Windows enables organizations to capture, process and share data in any format and at scale. Built and packaged by the core architects of Apache Hadoop, HDP includes all of the necessary components to refine and explore new data sources, and find new business insights. As an ecosystem-friendly platform, HDP extends existing investments in applications, tools and processes with Hadoop.

According to IDC, Windows Server owned 73 percent of the market in 2012 (IDC, Worldwide and Regional Server 2012–2016 Forecast, Doc # 234339, May 2012). Hortonworks Data Platform is the first and only Hadoop distribution available on both Windows Server and Linux, providing identical user experiences and interoperability across both operating systems. Additionally, customers will have complete portability of their Hadoop applications between on-premise and cloud deployments via HDP for Windows and HDInsight Service. Already endorsed by some of the largest vendors in the IT ecosystem, HDP for Windows offers the millions of customers running their business on Microsoft technologies an ecosystem-friendly Hadoop-based solution that is built for the enterprise and built for Windows.

“As part of our approach to big data, Microsoft is committed to providing customers with access to Apache Hadoop-based solutions,” said Herain Oberoi, director of product marketing for Microsoft Corp. “The Hortonworks Data Platform for Windows is an important step to make Hadoop accessible to as many people as possible, and provides customers with a great Hadoop-based solution built for Windows Server.”

“We continue to see growing interest in Apache Hadoop from enterprises eager to store, process and gain business intelligence from data that was previously ignored due to the limitations of traditional data management technologies,” said Matt Aslett, research director, data management and analytics, 451 Research. “The Hortonworks Data Platform for Windows brings the potential benefits of Hadoop to the Microsoft community, delivering a platform designed to integrate with their existing Microsoft data management and analytics tools.”

“Today’s news builds on our long-term collaboration with Microsoft and is the next critical step in our strategy of broadening the reach of 100-percent open source Apache Hadoop across the enterprise by enabling millions of Windows users around the globe to benefit from this next-generation data platform,” said Shaun Connolly, vice president of corporate strategy, Hortonworks. “Hortonworks Data Platform for Windows extends the Hadoop ecosystem across the Windows operating system, providing organizations with an enterprise-grade, production-tested platform for big data deployments.”

Talk to Hortonworks live about the power of the Hortonworks Data Platform for Windows at booth #316 at the Strata Conference, taking place February 26-28 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, Calif. Hortonworks will also be conducting the webinar, “Unlocking the Other Half: Introduction to Hortonworks Data Platform for Windows,” on Tuesday, March 12 at 10 a.m. PST / 1 p.m. EST. To register for the webinar, please visit


Hortonworks Data Platform for Windows beta release is now available for download at:

About Hortonworks

Hortonworks is a leading commercial vendor of Apache Hadoop, the preeminent open source platform for storing, managing and analyzing big data. Our distribution, Hortonworks Data Platform powered by Apache Hadoop, provides an open and stable foundation for enterprises and a growing ecosystem to build and deploy big data solutions. Hortonworks is the trusted source for information on Hadoop, and together with the Apache community, Hortonworks is making Hadoop more robust and easier to install, manage and use. Hortonworks provides unmatched technical support, training and certification programs for enterprises, systems integrators and technology vendors. For more information, visit

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